This week, some members of our staff got together for a real taste of Beervana – a “dessert” beer tasting extravaganza!
The object of the event was simple. We wanted to find the best darn dessert beers out there!
Here were the contestants:
From left to right we have:
Base Camp Brewing Company – Portland, OR – S’more Stout: This beer has it all! “Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fig, and smoke invite you in to a gigantic maltiness that is distinct in its smooth and refined character.” We loved the intense smoky flavor of this beer, as well as its amazing bottle, that’s covered in a contour map. We also gave it extra points for being brewed right here in the best city of Portland, Oregon!
Breakside Brewery – Portland, OR – Salted Caramel Stout: Of all the beers, I think we were all the most excited to try this one. Salted caramel! Stout! A collaboration with famous Portland ice cream shop, Salt & Straw! Our mouths were watering with anticipation for weeks! After trying it though, I think we all agreed that we liked its rich stout flavor, but couldn’t really taste the caramel or hint of salt we were looking for. However, we gave it extra points for being brewed in Portland.
Iron Horse Brewery – Ellensburg, WA – Mocha Death Ale: With a name like “mocha death” there was no way we weren’t picking this one up off the shelf. This beer is “laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness, with fresh, locally roasted (in Washington) espresso beans and pure cocoa.” Yummy! All in all, we loved its rich coffee flavor and gave it top marks, for a Washington beer 😉
Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood, NY – Creme Brulee Stout: This beer was the first of the night that wasn’t brewed in the Pacific Northwest, so we were skeptical of it, to say the least. The brewers over at Southern Tier describe this beer’s flavor as “caramelized sugar, vanilla, custard, nicely sweet and balanced, rich and milky,” and they weren’t kidding! We really enjoyed the deep flavor of this beer and we thought it had a sweetness that some of the other beers didn’t have. This beer was definitely what we were thinking of when we imagined sipping a “dessert beer.”
Ommegang Brewery – Cooperstown, NY – Chocolate Decadence Stout: Our last beer of the night was Ommegang’s Chocolate Decadence Stout. This beer had a delicious deep dark chocolate and malty flavor that we really enjoyed, but it didn’t have the sweetness that its fellow New York buddy had.
So which beer was our favorite???
The winner was:
Southern Tier. Sorry Portland, New York took it this time.